Bernal History Project
Bernal Heights is a hilltop village, tucked away in the southern part of San Francisco. Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound a neighborhood once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. From the 1860s legend of Widow O'Brien's cow to the current fight over the preservation of the branch library's murals, residents have tirelessly guarded and recorded their environment. Bernal is diverse, vibrant, and still evolving.
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- Bernal Heights Says No Gang in District December 11, 1920
Residents of the Bernal Heights district feel that there are no conditions in that part of the city that justify the appellation "gang" in referring to the boys and young men who live out there. Protest against the use of the word has been made in resolutions signed by the Bernal Progressive Club, Ladies' Auxiliary, Bernal Heights Athletic Club, Bernal Community Council, Felicia Club and Parent Teachers' Association.